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I failed again

Stop the bad behavior

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of having Prudence. No, not the person Prudence. The prudence that goes along with wisdom and helps you govern and discipline yourself.

I even put a trophy on my mantle for winning a prize for self-discipline.

Guess what I did last night?

I stayed awake until 1:23 a.m.  reading odd news stories. I read about the lost skier who survived for days in a Maine snow cave, and I read about the retired widow who held a burglary suspect at gunpoint.

My plan was to go to bed at 10 p.m., and wake up today 5:00 a.m. I didn’t listen to myself. I was naughty. I stayed up late, and stayed in bed until 6:30 a.m.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford


If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H.G. Wells


Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
F. Scott Fitzgerald


I have to stop my bad behavior.

Yesterday I fell down. I failed to do what I wanted to do. Today I will be more intelligent and not stay up late reading odd news stories.

I will stand up today, and begin again. I will go to bed on time. I don’t need someone to tell me what to do. Hmm, I have friends praying for me to not eat bananas, maybe I could ask a friend to pray for me to go to bed on time.

Have you ever failed?  Did you try again, or did you quit?

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Hmm … I don’t think this comment box could be big enough for me to tell you about all the times/ways I’ve failed! But I do keep on trying. Sometimes I go back to the beginning and start again, sometimes I just pick up where I left off. In the first adult literacy class I taught, I had a student who used to say, “Nothing fails but a try.” I say that to myself a lot!

  • It can’t be a failure when you are encouraging so many by sharing. I keep staying up too late. It seems the evening hours go by so quickly and there’s always so much that needs doing and wants doing. I usually go with the wants. I still plan to get around to the “early” one month challenge…I got the book and started by previewing it. Soon, I will have to read it day by day for a month and give it a real try.

  • Bev

    I think we are tooo hard and ourselves. I have been trying to lose weight – and I keep starting and then indulging, then starting and stopping. But eventually I hope to get it right!
    I am a night person myself – my husband is the opposite. I try hard to adapt to his hours as they are better for me.

  • I never consider nights I stay up too late reading to be failure…all those bits and pieces of writing and people-stuff informs the rest of my day, no matter how tired I may be. And good for you that you gave yourself a break and napped!

  • Have I ever failed and stood up again? Yes indeedy. I have such good intentions. Well, not always, but sometimes, and yet I’m easily distracted and my resolve seems to made of mashmallow. Umm, marshmallow, that sounds yummy… (Then again I may not be your target slicer because I don’t think it’s bad behavior to read things that interest you even if it means you oversleep).

  • writekimwrite

    How about a different way of thinking…”I succeed in not eating a banana and am working on getting to bed on time.” Sometimes I think I give to much thought time to what I fail at instead of celebrating what does work.

  • It’s a good reminder- resolutions are so hard to keep at first. Don’t give up!

  • I think you’re being too hard on yourself too! For me it’s a balance. Today we have a snow day and I was excited about the possibilities. Then I think I need to do the things I need to do…be responsible…but if I do that I find there is no time left over. Hmm… you see I’m still trying to figure this out! I think step back…evaluate and readjust.

  • I kept failing when I worked on my book cover. I knew some of those quotes you used, and I also knew one strength I have is tenacity. Some might call it stubbornness but it’s also a good thing when you need to keep going. I just make up my mind to do it as many times as it takes till it’s done.

    The point is to keep trying. You will achieve your goals. I know you will.

  • I’ve been waking up 45 minutes earlier this week (at 5AM) to be more productive. It takes awhile for your body and circadian rhythms to adjust to a new regimen. Today I crashed and went back to bed for 3 hours! And I’m okay with that, you have to be patient with yourself.

  • I’ve been sitting at the computer too much. I need to step back from it. That Ford quote resonated with me. I think we both deserve to cut ourselves some slack and start over again later today. It’s never to late to begin again.

  • elsie

    Pamela, some days you are too hard on yourself. All plans need adjustments, your bed time was just adjusted. However, I could never survive on that amount of sleep. When something doesn’t go as planned, I adjust and try again.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Elsie for encouraging me. I adjusted this morning and slept on the couch for a few hours. Now to get on with my day.